[Wounded migrants in Nador after suffering
harsh repression by the Spanish-Moroccan forces.
Both governments deny the facts.
Days later (in 2005) the killings started.]
[ The Border at Beni Enzar]
Versión en inglés:
Monday, 23 June 2008
WHERE ARE THE MIGRANTS?
On the night of Sunday (into early on Monday), a small group of migrants tried out of despair to enter Melilla. The attempt took place in the same place as the previous one, at the border at Beni Enzar. According to official statements, no migrants were successful in crossing the border.
Today the local and national press collected the official statements about yesterday’s entry attempt, to distort everything that actually happened: according to them, 39 people have disappeared, there people admitted to hospital didn’t number six, the wounded policemen didn’t number four, and the African were apparently “strongly armed” with sticks and stones.
This is the same border where Subsaharan Africans and Asians pass relatively easily if they pay 2500 or 3000 euro, or if you’re a slave in the smuggling industry, or paying 50 euro if you’re Moroccan – but it becomes impossible and excessively violent if you’re black and poor.
This is reminiscent of the day in 2005 that the tragic events of the Rio Nano took place, during which many tens of African faced the wrath of the Moroccan and Spanish forces and suffered all sorts of abuse, which were denied at first and admitted later; we are faced with similar events, and a denial and falsification of the facts. The Delegation of the Government is outlining a dangerous roadmap that leads to nowhere.